SHRM Certification Process

1. Decide on a SHRM Certification.

  1. Verify whether SHRM Certification fits within your career goals.
  2. Determine your appropriate exam level, either the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  3. Validate you meet the eligibility criteria to take the SHRM Certification exam.
  4. Confirm your readiness: Do you have the time? Do you have the energy? Do you have the commitment? Do you have the funding and the support?

2. Apply and schedule your exam.

  1. Determine when you want to take your exam; either May - July, or December - February.
  2. Apply for the exam during an open application window.
  3. Arrange testing accommodations, if needed.
  4. Schedule your exam at a test center or test remotely via remote proctoring.

3. Prepare for your exam.

  1. Start by studying the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™).
  2. Evaluate the SHRM Learning System options, including self-study, instructor-led or team-preparation options.
  3. Find a local SHRM chapter and join a study group.
  4. Take your learning to the next level with additional resources, including SHRM Preparation Webinars and the Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam book or e-book.

4. Take the exam.

  1. Evaluate your exam testing requirements, whether you are taking the exam in-person or via remote proctoring.
  2. Your exam will take approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete. Good luck!
  3. A passing score is 200, and your results are communicated immediately.

5. Earn your certification.

  1. Use the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation letters after your name.
  2. Receive your complimentary digital certificate. Purchase a framed certificate if desired.
  3. Receive a digital badge and accept it to share on social media.
  4. Have your name listed in the SHRM Certification Directory.

6. Recertify your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  1. Recertify your credential every three years from the date you become certified.
  2. Recertify with Professional Development Credits (PDCs) or by re-taking the exam.
  3. If recertifying with PDCs, earn 60 within your three-year recertification cycle.
  4. Recertify by your recertification cycle end date. 

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